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Padhuka Sahasram-296

From: Muralidhar Rangaswamy (
Date: Mon Nov 20 2000 - 14:05:49 PST


SrimatE Gopaladesika MahadesikAya Namaha,

Translation by U.Ve. Dr. V.N. Vedanta Desikan Swamin:

296. viShNO: padham gathivashAdhaparithyajanthIm
     lOkEShu nithyaviShamEShu samaprachArAm
     anvEthumarhathi DhruthAmaKhilaI: surEndhra:
     gangA kaTham u garudaDhvajapAdhukE! thvAm

Oh Paaduka! How can Ganga be comparable to You?-Ganga originated in 
the Lord's feet but left the source; it will flow less on high 
plateaus and more on low-lying ground; it was borne on the head by 
Siva alone, whereas You are perennially with the Lord's Feet, You know 
no high or low but are equal to all, and You are borne on head by all.

Namo Narayana,

SriMuralidhara Dasan

Special notes from V.Sadagopan (V.S)

Slokam 296:

1)	Abhinava Desika Sri UtthamUr Swamy's anubhavam: Here , 
Swami Desikan points out that those , who wear the Lord's Paadhukai 
(SatAri) on their heads attain an auspicious state, which is superior 
to taking snAnam in the holy GangA. He says: " Oh PaadhukE of the Lord 
having Garudan on His flag ! Ganga was born from the feet of Your Lord 
.. After that origin , GangA lost connection with the Lord's feet and 
descended on earth. You are superior to GangA in sacredness in many 
ways although both of You have intimate association with the Lord's 
feet. In contrast to GangA , You are forever associated with Your 
Lord's holy feet at all times of His travel . GangA only originated 
from His feet and distances herself as she flows on Earth. In contrast 
to GangA , You rest equally on every one's head independent of their 
status , age or qualifications. GangA however rests only on SivA's 
head . 

2). Srimath Andavan's anubhavam: Oh PaadhukE ! PerumAL always adorns 
You during His sanchAram . You show the same depth of affection to one 
and all . There is however a difference between You and GangA inspite 
of the fact that both of you have the sambhandham of the Lord's 
Thiruvadi . She flows with different speeds in low ground and high 
ground. You on the contrary display Your affection evenly on every one 
independent of their rank or age or gender. 

3). Oh Lord's PaadhukE ! Gangai will never match You in impartiality.
She alters Her flow frequently based on whether She is flowing at a 
high Or low altitude. You on the other hand has sama-prachAram ( equal
Gait ) , when it comes to blessing everyone irrespective of their rank 
or kulam  V.S   

           - SrImate rAmAnujAya namaH -
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